Bondi to Watsons Bay
All eyes before this race were on seabreeze.com, not the other competitors, but the conditions. Was the wind going to swing North, stay a light Southerly or go East.
The course direction was changed leading up to the event and then changed again on race day. Great credit to the organisers who watched the forecast and conditions so closely, they made the right call so that the competitors had the best conditions possible on race day.
Was this the race that I was going to be beaten. 5 minutes into the race it felt like it could be, Nathan Smith was flying and young Scott Smith was pushing the pace as well.
There were plenty of bumps coming off the rocks and the light south easterly wind created some nice V shaped bumps to push us up the coast and into Sydney Harbour.
Nathan got out to a 50m lead along the back of South Head and stayed strong with his low rating. Mean while it felt like I was just spinning the arms over and getting tighter and tighter as each minute went past. Training had been full on this week in preparation for the bigger International races coming up in Hong Kong and Dubai in late November.
Into the Harbour I caught Smithy and we had a good battle around South Head, Nathan going in close and I staying out wide each trying to get the advantage.
It wasn’t until just inside South Head where I pulled onto a couple of little bumps over a shallow reef where I was able to break Nathan and lead into Watsons Bay and the finish line.
The new Bennett stickers on the Braca paddle, not slowing me down for the overall victory.
Greg Bennett is now the state rep, so if you want what I’ve got, go and see Greg.